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Microsoft preps System Center for the cloud

Joab Jackson | March 22, 2011
Microsoft is adding capabilities to System Center for both cloud and local deployments

Microsoft announced these two new components of System Center at the Microsoft Management Summit, being held this week in Las Vegas.

In addition to these two new programs, Microsoft also offered more details about other improvements in the next version of the System Center.

Operations Manager 2012 will include .Net performance-monitoring technology that Microsoft acquired when it purchased AVIcode. Technology from another acquisition, Opalis, has been rebranded and updated under the new name of System Center Orchestrator 2012. Orchestrator allows users to automate workflows across different systems.

The updated Service Manager 2012 will allow data-center managers to file their own self-service requests, speeding the approval process for allocation of cloud resources. And a beta of a new service called System Center Advisor (formerly code-named "Atlanta"), which monitors cloud-based SQL Server deployments, has also been launched.

Also at the conference, Microsoft announced that Target deployed Hyper-V and System Center to manage in-store servers. By moving to this platform, Target was able to cut the number of servers it uses in each store from seven to two, Microsoft said. The move eliminated 8,000 servers across 1,755 stores.

Barzdukas pointed out that the Target servers even run, within virtual machines, a homegrown Linux application that Target built to manage pharmacy operations.

 

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